Whether you are just starting your journey with nothing more than an idea, or you are looking for ways to take the next step, there are several business resources and partnerships to help you.
Use the menu items to the left to find out more about the Incite Fund, Bunker Labs, Co.Starters, Vet-Tech, Patriot Boot Camp Presented by Techstars and the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.
The INCITE Co-Investment Fund is a key component of Gov. Bill Haslam’s INCITE initiative to drive growth and create knowledge-based jobs in Tennessee by encouraging investment in the state’s developing small businesses. Administered by Launch Tennessee, the Fund matches a portion of investments in Tennessee-based companies.
Bunker Labs Nashville is the first Veteran Entrepreneurial community solely created to serve Veteran Entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurial communities are designed to connect aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors to offer guidance, encouragement and ongoing collaboration. There are Bunker Labs in nine locations across the country.
Learn how to start your Veteran-Owned business. Co.Starters is a 9-week program that helps aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs examine assumptions. They offer their program in over 30 different locations in 10 different states. Turn business ideas into action.
Vet-Tech is a boot camp style business development program for Veterans. The Vet-Tech team methodologies include Quantitative Product Market Fit, Lean Startup and other best practices utilized by successful tech enabled companies. Vet-Tech also offers a dedicated Startup Coach, a network of entrepreneurs, tech executives, venture capitalist, corporate partners and government officials to help build Veteran owned companies.
Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to equip active duty military members, Veterans, and their spouses with the education, resources, and community needed to be successful technology entrepreneurs.
The objective of PBC is to provide military members, Veterans, and spouses with access to mentors and training to help them innovate and build the next generation of high-growth, scalable and impactful companies. Patriot Boot Camp leverages a nationwide network of business and startup community thought leaders to more effectively guide entrepreneurs in bridging the gap between military service and entrepreneurial life.
The Veteran Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) places select veterans into an accelerated hybrid-learning program using online education, a classroom style “boot camp” and a comprehensive mentorship and follow through phase supported by successful Chattanooga business professionals.
As an emerging global entrepreneurial hub, steeped in history, and on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial practice and education, UTC and the city of Chattanooga provide an ideal venue for the program. VEP is perfectly positioned for ambitious veteran entrepreneurs to thrive. Participants gain the advantage of having both a world-class university and world-class entrepreneurs to help guide them to success.